1a. 3,000 Years of Deception: A book about forgeries in art and antiques, that I have never read. Deception, as a word, has onomatopoeic qualities, as one almost hisses both the 'cep' and 'tion'. Being deceived is humiliating and disappointing, as well as enraging and tiresome. Deception is often a quick fix for an issue that continues to grow, a short cut that is simply not worth taking. John Ruskin believed that 'the essence of lying is deception, not words' - and though they seem hard to untangle from one another, being lied to and being deceived are two distinct experiences. The writer Maria Konnikova notes that 'even when we're on the look out for signs of deception, studies show that our accuracy is hardly better than chance'.
n.b. Read Malcolm Gladwell, Talking to Strangers
2. Mineral paint is felt not seen: intense and visceral, these surfaces have a subtle yet impactful presence.
With a completely matte finish and an alluring, chalky texture, surfaces treated with mineral paint feel both historic and contemporary. Whether cloud-like or inky in tone, mineral paint scatters and amplifies natural light, enhancing the bright, crisp quality of daylight.
First created in the late 19th Century by the Bavarian scientist, Adolf Wilheim Keim, more than 100 years later KEIM is still the world’s leading specialist in the production and development of mineral paints.
4. I often request half a cup of coffee, but always return for another half. For Christmas I was given the 'quarter cup' - an espresso cup that I will doubtless refill four times over.
3. Things are delicate, they hang in the balance. Things that look solid are not; relationships, objects, memories, are more fragile that we know, or care to know; but maybe sometimes the cracks and tears and bruises make something more charming, more personal, more interesting.
5. Returning home over the summer, I knew that time was short - a buyer had been found, and only paperwork needed to be completed.
I took a roll of film, documenting the colours, shapes and surfaces. I finally got the film developed, almost six months later, now that the house is in our past - no longer the vessel of our memories, our things, our family.
6. Gluten-free spirulina pasta. I haven't any desire to eat this, but I like how it looks.
7. Laboratory codes or seductive words, I own make-up shades in Storm, Puff, Paradise, Dusk, Spell, Modest, Tobacco, Solar, Myth, Velvet Melon, Tropic Equinox. I struggle to buy a shade that has an unappealing name, to the detriment of my complexion, I'm sure. In saying that, I enjoy how anti-aspirational the colour names are at Farrow & Ball:
8. At the end of a year of being inside, my imagination has creative block. Another game of backgammon, another game of cards, another movie, another online drawing class. Variety is the spice of life, but is routine always bland?
9. Fun jewellery at not-fun prices, Irene Neuwirth's designs are a true commitment to the idea of fun. This pair was worn by Kamala Harris at the Feb 2021 Inauguration ceremony.